Giving Opportunities

OAI’s scholarship and programmatic funds offer various ways to help talented students-in-need meet the costs of a UCI education.

Student organizations and clubs at the Samueli School of Engineering and the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) have a long tradition of enriching their academic environment by advocating student camaraderie, fostering collaborations, building professional networks, and inspiring primary and secondary students in the surrounding communities to consider a career in the sciences.

The University of California, Irvine has instituted a campus-wide initiative to advance “inclusive excellence,” providing an opportunity where all talented students have access to higher education.

The Office of Access and Inclusion (OAI) is in line with this guiding principle, working closely with many student organizations, particularly WICS, SWE, MAES, NSBE and SHPE, who strongly endorse diversity and inclusion. Your contribution to one of the funds listed below would support students involved in the highlighted organizations who have demonstrated financial need.

OAI Scholarship Fund

Over the last five years, both ICS and Engineering have significantly increased their female student enrollment. Engineering has seen a 65% increase in female undergraduate students and a 91% increase in female graduate students, while ICS has increased its female undergraduate students by 206% and its female graduate students by 40%. These remarkable numbers were recognized by the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) in May 2016 during the NCWIT International Summit. While we are proud of our accomplishments, we recognize that we can always do better as we work toward female equality. Your generous financial support for the OAI Scholarship Fund ensures that we can continue our upward trajectory when it comes to educating the next generation of female engineers and computer scientists.

Donate to the OAI Scholarship Fund here >

NSBE Scholarship Fund

Since 1981, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has actively supported students of color enrolled at the Schools of Engineering and ICS. Many studies have proven that student camaraderie is vital for student success, particular in the STEM fields. Student organizations like NSBE have enabled students pursuing a postsecondary education in engineering and computer science to develop new and productive relationships that open the doors to study opportunities, networking opportunities and successful engineering careers.

Hazel Crow Opportunity Fund for Women in Information and Computer Sciences (WICS)

Women make a tremendous impact in today’s industrialized society, yet the proportionately low representation of women in computer science continues to be an industry challenge. The Hazel Crow Opportunity Fund was created to help mitigate this challenge by supporting the efforts of Women in Information and Computer Sciences (WICS) to participate in nationwide conferences such as the Grace Hopper Conference, which endorses and supports women in computer science. Students often share their experiences and the powerful impact that participating in such conferences has on them. Indeed, the celebration of a global community comprised of thousands of the best minds in computing has proven to be inspirational, informative and effective.

Donate to the Hazel Crow Opportunity Fund here >

Office of Access & Inclusion (OAI) Fund

The Office of Access and Inclusion (OAI) offers programs to remove barriers to the recruitment, retention and graduation of talented students who are currently underrepresented in engineering and in information and computer sciences.

Your unrestricted gift to the OAI Fund supports this unrestricted fund, which serves as the financial backbone for general operational expenses. OAI provides opportunities for students to join in social and academic activities; gain invaluable knowledge and resources through fellow students, staff, faculty and the community; form meaningful relationships with industry leaders who share their personal and professional experiences; and have access to pathways to explore career interests as well as receive academic tutelage and guidance in a welcoming and supportive environment that both promotes and advances inclusion. OAI offers the following programs and services that promote retention, build networks and aid in the transition from academia to industry:

  • Professional Coaching
  • Free One-on-One Tutoring
  • Undergraduate Industry Mentorship Program
  • Student Success Course for First Year Students
  • Academic Success Workshops
  • Industry Connections and Professional Development Workshops
  • Scholarships, Research, and Employment opportunities
  • Peer Mentoring Program

An important component of OAI’s student retention efforts is its partnership with campus organizations dedicated to supporting underrepresented students studying computer science and/or engineering. Such organizations include Filipinos Unifying Student-Engineers in an Organized Network (FUSION), Mexican-American Engineering Society (MAES), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and Women in Information and Computer Sciences (WICS).

Donate to the Office of Access & Inclusion (OAI) Fund here

D.M. Haynes Award for Broadening Computer Science Graduate Education

In an effort to encourage and support underrepresented students applying to graduate programs in computer science, the D.M. Haynes Award was established and named in honor of the associate professor of history from UCI’s School of Humanities who also served as director of UCI’s ADVANCE Program. Professor Haynes has dedicated his professional career to students pursuing a graduate education. Under his direction, many students have benefitted from his guidance, passion and leadership.

The National Science Foundation has reported that Latinos, African Americans and Native Americans as a group were 23 percent of the U.S. population but only 6 percent of the total science and engineering labor force in 2010. These three groups are an even smaller proportion of doctoral scientists and engineers in the U.S. than they are of bachelor’s or master's scientists and engineers. African Americans and Latinos are each at approximately 2 percent, and Native Americans are less than half of 1 percent of doctoral scientists and engineers.

The D.M. Haynes Award subsidizes student applications and test fees for master’s and Ph.D. programs in computer science fields. Each award subsidizes up to $200 toward application and GRE fees. OAI annually forms a committee who selects up to five award recipients per year.

Donate to the D.M. Haynes Award here >